I'm currently on maternity leave but expecting to be made redundant shortly after I return to work in September (my department's work is being outsourced). I have two young children and am considering training as a medical secretary; I've several years of admin experience and have worked in hospitals before, although not for over 10 years. I was looking at Pitman Training and wondered if anyone had any suggestions as to whether their courses would be the most suitable/ cost effective? I'm on a low income and once childcare costs are taken into account I may have to pay any costs on direct debit rather than up front
I think I would go for the Level 2 Certificate to start with - hopefully get my foot in the door somewhere and they might offer to pay for further training - it looks like I could qualify by Christmas and then at least become bank staff somewhere to gain more experience, plus it would be flexible to work round childcare.
If anyone has any feedback on my plan that would be very helpful
Having been a medical secretary myself and having been involved in the recruitment of my successor I can tell you that doing a training course doesn't really give much weight to an application. I think you'd do much better highlighting your previous admin and hospital experience to get your foot in the door. Of course if you know an agency will give you bank work after doing the course that's fair enough, but I'd check first that that's the case.